Exeter's societies struggle with new barcode system
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It’s the end of Fresher’s week, and across the country hundreds of activities fairs are being held: exam halls and gymnasiums on university campuses are packed full of groups trying to entice students both new and old to sign up and give support to their society above all others. Usually this involves frantic exchanges of grubby coins and crumpled notes, with queues for cash points stretching back for miles. This year the University of Exeter brought in a new system in an attempt to make it easier to sign up to societies, avoiding congestion at stalls and banks. The system consisted of each society being given a unique barcode, which they then gave to potential members. The students then would go to tills placed around campus, pay for the barcodes they had collected throughout the day and that would be that.
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